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Kenan Thompson (born May 10, 1978) is a current cast member of Saturday Night Live who currently holds the record of SNL's longest-serving cast member. Kenan was added to the cast in 2003, along with Finesse Mitchell.

Thompson and Finesse usually appeared together in sketches, either as two slackers at work or as a married white supremacist couple (Kenan occasionally plays women's roles, such as Wanda Sykes or Star Jones-Reynolds).

Kenan is the first cast member in the history of SNL to be born after SNL's 1975 debut. He is also the only alumnus of the kid's sketch show All That to graduate to SNL (although his co-star Kel Mitchell also auditioned). He was raised in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2021, his sitcom on NBC, called Kenan premiered, in which he plays a widowed father. SNL co-star Chris Redd also stars on Kenan, as Gary, the main character's brother.

Impressions and Characters[]



  • Barbara Birmingham
  • Bartender
  • Crabby
  • D'Andre Cole
  • D.J. Dynasty Handbag
  • Dan
  • David "Beef Jelly" Winfield
  • Diondre Cole
  • DJ Sugar Shock
  • Elliot Pants
  • Givindy
  • Googie Rene
  • Grady Wilson
  • Jake Denmont
  • Jean K. Jean
  • K Smoove
  • Kenneth
  • Lorenzo MacIntosh
  • Lou
  • Malik
  • Marcus Banks
  • Malcolm Seats
  • Narrator
  • Oscar Rogers
  • Randy Dukes
  • Reba McEntire
  • Reggie Hudson
  • Resse D'What
  • Sam Jeffers
  • Steve Kane
  • Trey
  • Virginiaca Hastings

SNL Career[]

  • 2003-2005: Featured Player
  • 2005-Present: Repertory Player

Personal Life[]

On Veteran's Day 2011, Thompson married Christina Evangeline and together they have two daughters.


Preceded by:
Darrell Hammond
Longest-serving cast member (19 seasons)
(2017— present)
Followed by: